The Nokia N81 8GB is a well-equipped music mobile, with 8GB of internal storage, a multi format music player and dedicated music player controls on the front panel.
You can store up to 6,000 tracks on the Nokia N81 8GB, depending on which format and the quality files are saved in. Tracks can be copied easily from a PC to the Nokia N81 8GB using the supplied USB cable or via Bluetooth. You can use synchronise your music with Windows Media Player 11 software on a PC, use Nokia PC Suite software to manage music files, or simply drag and drop files when plugged in via USB.
But as well as "sideloading" tracks from your PC to your Nokia N81 8GB you can download tracks directly to the phone over the air. Many mobile phones allow you to download music over the air, with mobile network operators offering their own music download services.
However, the Nokia N81 8GB is one of the first handsets to come preloaded with software enabling direct to phone downloads from the Nokia Music Store service.
You can access the Nokia Music Store service from a PC by visiting http://music.nokia.com/uk, or directly from your Nokia N81 8GB. Once you’ve landed on the Nokia Music Store home page, you can browse and search tracks under a variety of categories or by doing a text search.
To buy and download tracks, you have to sign up for the service by providing some standard information, such as username, password, email address and mobile phone number. You must the add credit to your account; there are a variety of ways of adding credits to your account, by using a credit or debit card or by using pre-paid vouchers.
In the UK, Nokia supplies the N81 8GB with a voucher for downloading 1 album or 10 tracks to try out the service. This voucher contains a scratch-off panel which contains a unique 16-character PIN code.
It’s quick and easy to register for the Nokia Music Store online on your PC and add credit to your account. Once you have done this you can sign in to your account directly from your Nokia N81 8GB. You can then browse and buy tracks that can be sent straight to the phone.
Signing up to the Nokia Music Store from your N81 8GB
The Nokia Music Store can be accessed from several points within your Nokia N81 8GB’s menu system, such as one of the options offered when using the Music Player application. From standby, however, it can be accessed in a few clicks.
Press the Menu button, on the bottom left of the closed phone (Figure 1).
Highlight the Music icon in the menu (Figure 2) and click the centre of the main navigation pad to select.
Highlight the Music store icon In the Music menu and press select (Figure 3).
You will be asked to Select access point (Figure 4). You can choose to access a Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) connection by clicking on the Search for WLAN option, or alternatively scroll down the list of mobile network access points.
Scroll down to the access point you would usually use for internet browsing and press select (Figure 5).
After a few seconds, the Nokia Music Store home page will appear onscreen (Figure 6).
You can browse through the tracks available under a variety of categories, with the latest new releases, top tracks and albums shown (Figure 7). To buy and download tracks, you are required to join the service.
You can sign up for the Nokia Music Store by using the navigation control pad to move the cursor onscreen to highlight Join now on the top of the page (Figure 8).
You may get a message "This site has sent an untrusted certificate. Continue anyway?" Press select, highlight Continue and press select (Figure 9).
Complete the form (Figure 10) by highlighting each required box, and typing in details for username, password, confirm password, email address and mobile phone number (Figure 11).
Before proceeding you are also required to tick the box at the bottom of the page under Terms and conditions. You can read terms and conditions by highlighting and clicking on the underlined text next to the box, "I agree with Nokia Music’s terms & conditions". (Figure 12).
Press Continue and you will be signed into the Nokia Music Store.
To buy credit, highlight My account at the top of the Nokia Music Store homepage and select Buy credit from the drop down menu (Figure 13).
You are presented with a list of options to buy certain amounts of track download credits, plus at the bottom of the page an option to redeem a PIN code from a voucher (Figure 14).
If you want to pay for credit using a credit card or debit card, highlight one of the amounts onscreen and click select. You may get a message "This site has sent an untrusted certificate. Continue anyway?" Press select, highlight Continue and press select (Figure 15).
You will now be presented with a payment form you can fill in (Figure 16).
Once completed, highlight the Continue button at the bottom of the page and press select. Your Nokia Music Store account will be credited with the amount. Your current Nokia Music Store credit balance will appear on the top line of the homepage.
If you have a voucher you want to redeem, instead of choosing one of the payment amounts scroll down to the bottom of the page, highlight the box Redeem PIN and press select (Figure 17).
You will be requested to "Key in your PIN number below:". Highlight the empty boxes and type in the 16-character PIN code from your voucher (Figure 18). Click on the box next to the underlined text "I agree with Nokia Music’s terms & conditions". Highlight the Continue box and press select.
Your Nokia Music Store account will be credited with the amount from the voucher and the amount of your balance will be displayed on top of the hompage.
You can now browse the Nokia Music Store catalogue, buy tracks, and choose tracks you want to download later.
Signing in to the Nokia Music Store
Next time you want to browse or buy from the Nokia Music Store from your N81 8GB, follow the procedure described above until you get on to the Nokia Music Store homepage.
Highlight the Sign in option, click select and then type in your username and password (Figure 19). Highlight the Sign in box and click select. You will then be able to browse, buy and bookmark tracks for your "Wishlist" to download later (Figure 20).